By J.K. Feibleman
The acquisition of information isn't really a unmarried unrelated celebration yet particularly an adaptive technique during which prior acquisitions regulate current and destiny ones. partially I of this essay in epistemology it truly is argued that dealing with wisdom isn't a passive affair yet dynamic and lively, related to its continuance into the phases of assimilation and deployment. partially II a few particular matters are raised and mentioned that allows you to discover the size and the depths of the workings of adaptive understanding. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS "Activity as A resource of data" first seemed in Tulane stories in Philosophy, XII, 1963; "Knowing, Doing and Being" in Ratio, VI, 1964; "On ideals and Believing" in Tulane reviews, XV, 1966; "Absent items" in Tulane reviews, XVII, 1968; "The fact online game" in Tulane experiences, XVIII, 1969; "Adaptive Responses and The Ecosys tem" in Tulane stories, XVIII, 1969; "The Mind-Body challenge" within the Philosophical magazine, VII, 1970; and "The wisdom of The identified" within the overseas common sense overview, I, 1970. half I dealing with wisdom bankruptcy I the matter of information I. the selected procedure you're approximately to learn a examine of epistemology, one that has been made up of a pragmatic point of view. it isn't the 1st of such interpre tations, and it'll now not be the last.
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Together they make up a whole, which when it happens, happens simply as a whole and not as a whole containing parts. We do not perceive merely in the abstract or general, we perceive particular things, particular qualities and particular relations and forms. To say that an observer sees a bird is to say that he recognizes the form, in other words that he recognizes in the object itself that it is 26 PART I: COPING WITH KNOWLEDGE a member of a general class. If it is a redbird, say, then he recognizes from the form that it is a bird, and more particular still from the color that it is the kind of bird called a redbird, a still more special class.
Similarities recur, differences perish. The brown basketball once destroyed will never be found again. But its brownness and its roundness will. They will recur in other things, even in other similar basketballs. The basketball was unique, its properties were not. There is nothing in brownness and roundness that cannot be found in things other than basketballs. I have a jug and an ash tray, both of which are brown and round. What has to be explained, then, is the recurrence of qualities and relations which survive the perishing of the material things in which they occur.
Objects present him with surprises, which THE ACQUISITION OF KNOWLEDGE 31 they most assuredly would not do if they were entirely his own creatures. Further evidence may be adduced from the fact that the observations I am talking about are those made by means of the unaided senses. Common sense currently means what we can agree upon on these terms. On the basis of the coordinated senses the observer by means of continuous impressions made at different times is able to produce the evidence necessary to him to support the construction of an independent solid object.
Adaptive Knowing: Epistemology from a Realistic Standpoint by J.K. Feibleman